URL Weaver: Another Dimension

This is the world in which we live right now. Alfonso Soriano, playing left field for the New York Yankees in 2013, robs a home run to maintain a late lead in a with serious Wild Card implications. Alfonso Soriano, cool as you like, stealing a home run from Manny Machado.

This one play might distil the state of the American League playoff picture perfectly: it makes no sense. Even worse: the home run robbery didn’t “matter” as David Robertson and the Yankees still coughed up the lead, as Baltimore stormed back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. ONLY TO SEE THE YANKEES TAKE THE LEAD, on a wild pitch of all things.

Wild. Random. Unpredictable. What hath Bud wrought with his second wild card insanity?

The final three weeks of this season will be nothing if not entertaining. The entropy rolling over the American League will make for some good times and broken hearts, of this we can be sure. The Yankees dramatic win over the Orioles and the Rays equally dramatic win over the Red Sox keeps things incredibly tight at the top of the wild card standings.

friday 13th standings

Cleveland also picked up a win against the “looking up at hapless” Chicago White Sox, resulting in the clustertastrophe you see above. Things are going to be nothing if not interesting.

The only unfortunate part of the scenario presented by the ongoing Wild Card madness is a real lack of head-to-head matchups between the competing teams. The Royals and Indians hook up once more this year, a three game series beginning Monday in Kansas City. The Yankees, lucky dogs that they are, get three games with Rays in addtion to dates against the lowly Astros, Jays, and Giants. It’s all happening in the Bronx.

The poor Orioles have six games against Boston but three with Rays, so they can perhaps make a run at the division if they’re unable to hold off New York and the rest of the assembled wild card horde.

I wish there was a foreseeable outcome that didn’t end with the freaking Yankees in the playoffs. But, alas, I cannot foresee it. Their baby soft schedule and inexplicable ability to linger around the 2013 season like a malodorous emission on a crowded bus can no longer be doubted, ignored, or questioned. Only feared. They run on the blackest of magics and are powered by the darkest of lords.

As for the other AL wild card qualifier…still the Rathlantics to lose. Honestly, who even knows at this point? There is great baseball in the offing if “excitement and importance” are your main measuring sticks. Great baseball and good teams that will finish on the outside looking in. Selig is genius. An evil, twisted genius.

And the rest

Jose Fernandez day yesterday was a fine day indeed. [Brisbee and Sullivan]

A scorer’s quirk might win you (or me!) your fantasy league! [Big League Stew]

GMs facing uncertain futures [Gammons Daily]

If your video on the history of baseball video games doesn’t include the MVP series YOU HAVE NO VIDEO AT ALL. [Baseball Nation (it isn't their video)]

Shoutout to Geoff Baker! Good luck, sir. [Seattle Times]

This is why people — hard-working, honest people — hate the Dodgers.

All the preamble above doesn’t even begin to describe the NL playoff picture, which is equally nutty and rife with potential play-in games to the play-in game. And none of that craziness is crazier than this:

Comments (7)

  1. I want KC to make the playoffs. But would also love if the Yankees make it (never thought I would say that), with Alex Rodriguez playing out of his mind to get them there, then just go ape-shit crazy awesome in the playoffs.

    Would love it so much for ARod to win ALCS MVP and World Series MVP.

    I can’t believe I’m actually cheering for ARod…

  2. Great race in the AL East for all of the teams, except for the Blue Jays. Hey, but there is always next year. Oh, wait. Payroll is maxed out and our prospect cupboard is bare. But that wonder kid AA will come and save the day! Yeah, right. It’s just that all of our players had “historically bad seasons” this year, blah, blah, blah..

    • There is no evidence to support that the payroll is maxed out.

      Prospect prospect cupboard is not bare… ex. Sanchez, Stroman, Norris had a good stretch this year, Hutch and Drabek who are perhaps more attractive to some teams because they are “closer to contributing”.

      If you can take your disappointment and non guaranteed prospect lust from the players dealt by the Jays and put them in a box, then think critically for a moment, this team is in better shape overall than it was a year ago.

      • nice try, but payroll, assuming they qualify JJ or at least offer and, he accepts something along the lines of $10MM, will be near the max. Plus they have arb. eligble players in Rasmus, etc. You think they can go out and take on additional salary for a catcher and a 2B, both of whome the Jays desparately need? Sanchez and Norris won’t contribute next year. Stroman, likely yes, but notwithstanding recent reports, he’s still going to end up as a reliever.

      • IGNORE THE TROLL!

  3. Did anyone read that bit about the scorer’s quirk? Has anyone ever heard of that rule being used before? I hadn’t even heard of that rule.

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